Wildfire Danger Sunday May 22
The wildfire danger has climbed to HIGH/VERY HIGH in the Slave Lake Forest Area. For Sunday temperatures will be 15-18 degrees and winds will be from the northwest 20 gusting up to 35 kilometres per hour. Isolated thunderstorms with lightning are also expected.
Firefighters urge everyone to use caution in areas of dead grass. Areas of dead grass will ignite easily and fire will spread quickly under windy conditions. Report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE(3473)
Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and various pieces of heavy equipment are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.
Prevent Wildfires This May Long Weekend
Alberta Wildfire typically sees an increase in human-caused wildfires during long weekends. When enjoying the outdoors this May long weekend please do your part to prevent wildfires.
When riding your off-highway vehicle stop frequently to remove any build-up of debris from your machine. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can begin to smoulder and drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire.
When having a campfire, keep it small, safe and always attended. When you are leaving your site or headed to bed, your campfire must be extinguished. Soak it, stir up the ashes, soak it again to ensure it is out.
There was one new wildfire today located approximately 69 kilometres north of Red Earth Creek. The wildfire is 0.1 hectares and is under control. Firefighters are working to exinguish it. The cause of the wildfire is under investigation.
Since January 1st, 2022 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 20 wildfires which have burned 166.64 hectares.
SWF099 located northeast of Chipewyan Lakes which occurred in 2021 remains under control and will be scanned for hotspots in the spring when the snow has melted.
Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 248 wildfires which burned a total of 458.21 hectares.
For more information or to view the wildfires on a map, download the AB Wildfire App or visit Wildfire Status | AAF - Agriculture and Forestry (alberta.ca).
From March 1st to October 31st, a fire permit is required for any type of outdoor burning in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta with the exception of a campfire for cooking or warming.Fire permits help ensure that when smoke or fire is reported, firefighters can determine whether this is a wildfire or a permitted burn.
Albertans living or recreating in the Forest Protection Area of the province can request a free fire permit using the new, convenient online fire permit portal.
Fire permits can also be requested over the phone by calling your local forest area office.
Red Earth/Slave Lake (780) 849-7377
High Prairie (780) 523-6619
Wabasca (780) 891-3860
*New* Wildfire Dashboard
The new wildfire dashboard provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the province, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.The dashboard builds on the former wildfire status map by displaying the most frequently accessed information in one convenient location.
Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more all on your mobile device.
Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination.
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Updates will be provided weekly when the wildfire danger is low to moderate and daily when the wildfire danger reaches high to extreme.
Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on May 22nd, 2022.
If you have any questions please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
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- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation